On behalf of an old friend, a blind detective investigates a murder that proves to have far-reaching implications. Noted character actor Edward Arnold is fun as the sightless gumshoe who can more than hold his own in a fight, as well as play the organ very badly. He's supported by Donna Reed and former leading lady and tear-jerker queen, Ann Harding. The rest of the cast is a sea of familiar Hollywood faces from the '30s and '40s. Mantan Moreland has a very small part, and as usual he makes the very most of it. There even is a wonder dog, who more than earns his Alpo. Spiced with touches of humor, the story moves along quickly without developing a single plot hole. A notch above many of its contemporaries, this dated little mystery still delivers an honest eighty minutes of entertainment to go along with your sausage pizza. Bon appetit.
April 15, 2009 Subject:
Aided by a somewhat hapless assistant and a well trained German Shepherd, detective Duncan Maclain, a man who can handle himself, uncovers and stops a Nazi spy ring.
Donna Reed gives a very good performance displaying the arrogance of youth.
The movie misses as a thriller. Some background music might have helped.
I downloaded the mpeg2 file. Oddly, the video showed a lot of compression artifacts. The audio is OK.
May 24, 2008 Subject:
I loved this one!
Great 1940s black and white mystery. Just the type of movie to enjoy on a raining afternoon. Mr. Arnold makes a very believable blind man and Friday the dog is really something to see. The entire cast played their roles quite well. This one is well worth the price of admission.
November 8, 2007 Subject:
A truly watchable little gem of a spy murder mystery
I've watched a lot of mysteries, but this one had a very original idea behind it, a blind detective. At first, I thought "Oh Oh. This one's going to stink up the screen." Instead there's excellent acting by all of the leads, especially the actor portraying the blind guy, and even the bit players. Also a dog who does some of the most extreme stunts I've ever seen; a dog super-athelete. Amazing! Don't miss this one. You're going to love it.